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Comment: Re:OH GOODY (Score 1) 199

by Dahamma (#48446265) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Yep - you can go look it up on any number of articles for confirmation, but the current state of sapphire screens is that they are heavier/thicker, more brittle, require more power due to lower transmission of light, and are much more expensive.

The *only* advantage right now is sapphire is almost impossible to scratch with normal use (assuming you don't routinely carry piles of loose diamonds around in your front pocket). Hence it's used for lenses, the new fingerprint-recognition, home button, and the iWatch screen, where scratch resistance is the #1 concern.

Comment: Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (Score 1) 368

by Dahamma (#48446189) Attached to: Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Sounds like a typical socialist to me. No solutions, only complaints

Bloody worthless bastards, they've taken everything we had!

Except for universal health care, higher standards of living, better working conditions, and lower crime rates, what has any socialist government ever done for its people?

Comment: Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (Score 1) 368

by Dahamma (#48446157) Attached to: Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but I'd say it's true!

The French workforce may strike more (and be particularly obnoxious about it, shutting down highways and city centers), but they also get more vacation, better hours, better pay, full healthcare, and retirement. American workers have lost all of their power, which is why they are increasingly losing all of their benefits and living wages. Welcome to "unfettered capitalism".

Comment: Re:Ask the credit card for a refund (Score 2) 306

by Dahamma (#48415805) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

No, YOUR statement is simply not true. Chargeback can be a pain but if you have a case it is accepted the majority of the time. And in THIS case (when it's literally used as a "fine" for restricting free speech) it's almost a no-brainer it will go through.

For a GOOD credit card customer they make more money on the customer than some single shady hotel transaction in the long run. And when it's dozens of customer (who will probably have legal standing if they care to take it beyond simple chargebacks) it's just not worth it for the credit card company to resist. And in this actual incident they actually got a quote from a cabinet minister saying it was uncalled for, so if they would basically be batshit insane f-you to the British government refusing to reverse the charge...

Comment: Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (Score 1) 306

by Dahamma (#48415769) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

I can't imagine a credit card company would approve of their card being used to "fine" customers. Accept an IMMEDIATE chargeback (which I assume they will, as the charge is insane) and tell the company one more violation and their contract is cancelled.

And then, good luck with a hotel accepting payment "cash only"...

Comment: Re:Apparently "backers" don't understand the term (Score 1) 472

by Dahamma (#48415187) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

True. Go ahead and sue over $40. You will lose 100x more time and money suing, and it will be extremely difficult to prove that a game company did not intent to implement features of a game from the initial project plan (since almost all game projects bite off more than they can chew).

Comment: Re:Buyer Beware (Score 1) 472

by Dahamma (#48415105) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Nah, even though I originally called it that, it's not really an investment in a legal sense if you can't take any value back out of it. If the only value you ever get out is a product, it was either a purchase or a donation with a reward/gift. Legally it seems closest to the latter since there isn't any guarantee of product, and there isn't any way (except for the discretion of the company) to get your "investment" back...

Comment: Re:Apparently "backers" don't understand the term (Score 3, Informative) 472

by Dahamma (#48409125) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

You're still obliged, in law, to deliver what you promised you would.

No, you are absolutely not in this case. Kickstarter is microfunding investments in a project/company, not a purchase of a product with a specific guarantee or warranty. The fine print says as much. Sure, if they absconded with your money for a vacation you could try to sue them. But in this case they tried in good faith to deliver what they could and ran out of cash before implementing all features (not only common but almost universal in the games industry - if you haven't seen this a dozen times you are not a gamer).

t's not easy, but it's no different to any other payment.

This is ABSOLUTELY incorrect. It's not a payment at all, you are NOT buying a product. You are investing in one, and you get a reward if it succeeds. Luckily the majority do, but if they declare bankruptcy and don't product anything because of mismanagement or just bad luck, you get to line up as an investor to collect/sue for any capital invested, which means you are 99.9% shit outta luck.

"Just X amount of money more and you could see how it plays!"

Welcome to the world of "venture capital." Just luckily for the investors it's $50 at a time and not $50M.

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